Just because something is a weed, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful and even though the height of its beauty has faded, the swamp rose mallow (swamp hibiscus) has something to offer in winter…its beautiful seed pods!
What a lovely structure! On schedule, the rose mallow seed pods open up and expose their seeds. Whether wind or natural decay, these seeds will find their way into the soil on the edge of a wet area to grow a new generation. What a plan. Just a random plan? What’s a random plan? No, but to everything there is a season…
So I must sketch this weed in the month of December, to see and learn how the next generation gets its beginning.
Even though it is winter and your surroundings seem dormant, weeds are in action right now as you read this text.
I hope you enjoyed this sketch of the swamp rose mallow seed pods in December.